High school students build beds for less fortunate

The students have already built a full-size bed for one of their classmates.

Students build beds for the less fortunate, including one of their own

BROOKHAVEN, MS (WLBT) - Picking up a cell phone or an iPad is normal for most teenagers...but high school students at one Lincoln County school are just as comfortable with a saw and drill, and the joy the tools bring.

Their labor will be a gift for those in need.

Enterprise Attendance Center students are building a bunk bed with trundle for a family with three children.

They have already built a full-size bed for one of their classmates who is being adopted out of the foster care system. That student will be getting their own room, with their own bed, for the very first time.

Students at Enterprise Attendance Center began building beds for the needy just before Thanksgiving. Source: WLBT
Students at Enterprise Attendance Center began building beds for the needy just before Thanksgiving. Source: WLBT

“I heard we were helping out the community and people that need it‚ and I thought to myself ‘you know, how would it feel if you didn’t have a bed to sleep on?’ That’s what really hit me,” said junior Zack DeLaughter.

Mollie Goldman’s Ag Mechanic’s class has been hard at work making the beds for those in need.

“At first I didn’t know much about it," said junior Brodie Harris. “Then we started doing it, and I started liking it and helping others.”

Goldman's fifth period class began the project just before Thanksgiving.

The students are all juniors, and they cut, sawed and created something many of us take for granted.

As the pieces came together, the students realized the impact they were having on someone else’s lives.

“Feels good to be helping out people that don’t have a bed,” said junior Cameron Thames. “I kinda wanted to do this. I felt like we needed to do this for somebody.”

For Goldman, it is a teachable moment both in carpentry and in compassion.

“One, it’s a good thing to do, but two, having a bed is just such a basic need that people don’t think about not being there,” she said. “It’s a sense of safety, a sense of security. Just a place to lay down, be comfortable, go to bed and rest up for the next day."

“It’s not really about building beds. It’s about helping the community,” added Harris.

Enterprise Attendance Center in Brookhaven. Source: WLBT
Enterprise Attendance Center in Brookhaven. Source: WLBT

So far, the class has built three beds for families in the community.

The bunk trundle and full-size bed will be delivered Friday.

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